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Monday, November 28, 2011

Preview // Art Basel 2011 & Ricochet Bar and Lounge

It's time again for Art Basel, yay us! Basel is the best time of the year as far as I am concerned. A nice cool 70 degrees out, a light breeze and herds or art enthusiasts flocking to the magic city for a little food, fun and culture.

I've been getting tons of questions this year, so for you Basel newbies here's a little insight. The official Art Basel show will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center:

"From December 1 through 4, Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 10th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries." 

But I fancy the various smaller shows that will be held in tents throughout Wynwood, Midtown Miami and the Miami Design District. Namely SCOPE, Red Dot, and Design Miami.

READ my coverage of Art Basel from years past. >>> Click HERE.

For me the smaller shows make for a more robust experience. All in all, you'll have fun anywhere you go for Basel, but the beach is the beach and parking, prices and the people are just... well, different.

The flyer above piqued my interest and is an example of the hundreds of events and added value experiences that make Basel week amazing. Every bar, lounge and gallery space will be hosting evenings with tons of drinks, food and beautiful people. All you need to do is park and wander. There will be street side art installations, impromptu jam band sessions, not to mention gourmet food trucks galore.

Ricochet Bar and Lounge, the venue for the Art Basel event series in the flyer above, opened in October in Midtown Miami and is the product of South Beach's Tommy Pooch and Alan Roth. I wanted to take a peak at the spot before all the Basel buffs got here, so when a friend called and invited me to head out there, I jumped at the chance.

Ricochet is in a decent spot right in the middle of The Shops at Midtown Miami, directly behind my fav SUGARCANE, and has plenty of parking in the adjoined parking garage ($10). There was no velvet rope (unlike the now posh-in-the-middle-of-the-hood Bardot), but the drinks were a bit pricey at $7 for a Corona.

The place is smaller than I expected and could use some outdoor space, but the vibe and people were nice, no pretense, and the bartenders were very responsive.The owners vow to keep Ricochet laid back and easy going. Let's hope they keep their word because the spot has definite potential.

Sign of a dope party

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